Williamson Intellectual Property Law, LLC Announces Issuance of First Accelerated Patent Under New USPTO Process

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The first client patent has issued under the new process for accelerated examination for a Williamson Intellectual Property Law, LLC client. The patent issued in less than eleven months.

Williamson Intellectual Property Law, LLC announces its first client patent issued under the new U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) Petition to Make Special (accelerated examination) process.

U.S. Pat. No. 7,377,565 for a Ball Collecting Apparatus and Method of Use Thereof was filed July 17, 2007 and has issued May 27, 2008, less than eleven months from filing. The new Petition to Make Special process was introduced by the USPTO in August 2006. Under this new process, a search is no longer optional and must be performed before filing the patent application. Further, the search is required to include foreign patents and publications. The goal of the process is to reach allowance of a patent application within one year from the filing date. Previously, the USPTO had a much more liberal process that was applicable to particular circumstances or publicly-beneficial inventions.

"In addition to requiring a search, substantial documentation and analysis is required for the fast track result, effectively detailing for the patent examiner the portions of each reference publication that are applicable to the claims of the patent" said Dr. Terry Williamson, Atlanta patent attorney, founder and managing member of the firm. "Normally, the patent process takes at least two years and often much longer, but this new process provides patent applicants with a way to get their patent much more quickly."

Williamson Intellectual Property Law, LLC serves clients nationwide from Atlanta, Georgia, providing services related to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, litigation and corporate matters.


Williamson Intellectual Property Law, LLC
1870 The Exchange, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30339
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